September 7, 2010

Jones admits O-line was rusty

It's hard to be critical about a 55-7 win, but in regards to Georgia's offensive line, center Ben Jones said he hopes to see a better effort Saturday against South Carolina.

It's not that the final numbers were necessarily bad.

Quarterback Aaron Murray did not suffer a single sack and Georgia did rush for 184 yards on 37 attempts.

Still …

"For the first game we were rusty, and we were not going against the same guys we've been going against in camp," Jones said. "We'll have to do a little better."

Against Louisiana-Lafayette, Georgia was flagged five times (three illegal procedures and one holding), including back-to-back flags on tackles Clint Boling and Josh Davis.

"Hopefully that was just some first-game jitters and we've got that all out of our system for this week," Jones said. "Clint's a veteran and he was probably just trying to get a jump on the snap, he's a good player and hopefully it won't happen again."

Head coach Mark Richt said he's not overly concerned, adding having the entire line together now for two straight weeks should certainly help with the continuity.

"I hope it helps them a lot. Not that they were poor by any means, but I still think we will be sharper than we were Saturday as the season progresses," Richt said. "I'm real confident in that because I've seen them be sharper than that. I think it will help."

Sturdivant over illness

Richt said offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant is over the illness that kept him out of last Saturday's opener.

"Trinton just got sick to his stomach. Something he ate, I guess, got to him. He just was miserable. He was miserable at the hotel, on the bus ride coming in and then in the locker room," Richt said. "We were trying to have him suck it up, and he was trying to suck it up, but he just couldn't do it so we told him to go see the doctors. He's fine now. We do expect him to play. I wish he would've played last week, wish he could've got that under his belt, but I think he'll be fine."

Richt said Sturdivant is expected to play against the Gamecocks, but is unsure how many snaps he will receive.

A hairy time for Robinson

Yes, in case you haven't noticed, that is starting linebacker Christian Robinson sporting a Mohawk haircut, which has led to some ridicule from teammates, including kicker Blair Walsh.

Walsh joked during Tuesday's interview session with reporters that Robinson wasn't "tough enough" to be wearing a Mohawk.

Robinson just rolled his eyes.

"I don't know about that, he's from South Florida and I remember when he showed up here he had some sort of weird haircut going," Robinson said. "I just thought I'd try it. It's one of those things when I get older I won't be able do."

He's already shocked his grandmother, who saw Robinson at last week's Dawg Walk, along with father Kenneth Robinson, a former four-year letterman with South Carolina.

"My dad saw me for the first time and my grandma wanted to know what I was trying to do with my hair," he said. "I've always been clean cut, but decided to grow it out and give it a try. He's (his father) OK with it right now."

Walsh doesn't mind kicking in Columbia

Kicker Blair Walsh prides himself on being able to focus in any situation.

That includes kicking in Columbia. He remembers his first trip there well.

"I got cussed out by everybody in the end zone, was told I was no good, stuff like that," Walsh said. "Their fans are crazy but I like it. I like coming off the bus and see people give me the finger."

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